Discover our commitment to the development of knowledge We support research initiatives that promote the values of the Foundation, such as diversity, inclusivity and innovation.


Finding solutions to the social, technological and economic issues we face today

Collaborative knowledge generation

In order to promote change and innovation, it is necessary to support cutting-edge research and initiatives that use new strategies in critical thinking. The Foundation’s think tanks, centers for excellence, observatories and chairs work to provide innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the business world and society as a whole.

Research centers

From research on diversity and gender equality, to initiatives in international finance, the centers supported by the IE Foundation open the door to learning about the most relevant issues with the highest impact on today’s society.

IE Center for Diversity

This center engages in activities geared toward the power of diversity, helping organizations take advantage of the opportunities represented by diversity.

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Families in Business at IE

This research and networking center has an innovative understanding of family businesses and works to provide value to family businesses on a global scale.

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This center carries out research initiatives that focus on three main areas: entrepreneurship, technology applied to social innovation and conscientious leadership.

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IE Africa Center

The vision of the IE Africa Center is to revolutionize the way that African business and culture are taught across higher education institutions, starting with our own.

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IE Center for C-Centricity

This center’s mission is to impulse the practice of Customer, Consumer, and Citizen Centricity to drive satisfying human experiences & sustainable business growth.

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Chairs and observatories

Discover IE Foundation’s chairs and observatories, where scientific discovery and learning projects take place in a variety of areas, from law to management or marketing.

Pérez-Llorca Chair/IE Commercial Law

The chair’s initiatives in research and education offer a professional perspective on the practice of law in the international context of commercial law.

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La Caixa Foundation Management Chair

This chair works to promote research and the use of best practices in the management of people and organizations.

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An initiative in collaboration with Fundación Mutualidad Abogacía to develop research projects on the savings situation and financial planning of families in the medium and long term.

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The IE Library’s mission is to provide services and resources for our whole academic community by collaborating in the knowledge-creation process—while also benefiting society at large.



The Foundation’s projects and initiatives contribute to research and the diffusion of knowledge. Their duration depends on the specific needs of the sponsor and their scope. The Foundation’s research mainly takes the form of research projects for private companies and/or ministries.

The Botín Center: developing social creativity through the arts

“The Botín Center: developing social creativity through the arts” is the first step to continue promoting the transfer of knowledge through initiatives related to the benefits that art brings us. The study reveals that creativity is cumulative and can be measured. To this end, an indicator of individuals’ perception of social creativity has been designed based on seven dimensions related to their perceptions of personal development, social cohesion, well-being, and image and identity.

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Personal Philanthropy Profiles in Spain

Personal Philanthropy Profiles in Spain is a study whose objective is to bring the figure of the major donor closer to society and highlight the value of their contribution. For this purpose, it’s been carried out an analysis based on individual interviews with a group of philanthropists, with members of the management team of some foundations promoted by individual philanthropists and experts in philanthropy, all of them referents in this field.
The study, which is part of CaixaBank Private Banking’s Social Value Project, has been conducted by a team from IE Center for Families in Business.

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Only available in Spanish

Sovereign Wealth Funds 2019

The report considered how SWFs can reconcile short-term results with long-term investments; their role in the venture capital space; and the importance of bio and health technologies as a means to foster change. It highlighted a record high of SWFs assets between 2018 and 2019, reaching $8.3 trillion globally. The United States, China and India were also named as the top three destinations for said fund

Sovereign Wealth Funds Report 2019


This report is the second installment of a research project sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) that started in 2018.
The study’s primary focus is on large companies since it is challenging to keep managers’ entrepreneurial spirit alive in this type of company. This is due to the formalization and centralization of decisions that often go hand in hand with growth. Likewise, it debunks certain myths and reveals which organizational and management practices encourage innovation and intrapreneurship among managers in mature companies.
The study has been conducted by a team from IE Center for Families in Business.

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Available in Spanish only